Keiron has targets on his radar

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook halts Matty Smith his tracks during Saints derby win over Wigan
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook halts Matty Smith his tracks during Saints derby win over Wigan

KEIRON Cunningham has been keeping a close eye out for potential recruits from the Super 8s Qualifiers.

The Saints boss has been impressed with the ‘middle’ tier – between Super League’s bottom four and the Championship’s top four. He has also been monitoring games for players who may improve Saints. He said: “You’ve always got to try and recruit, that’s the life of a rugby league coach. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.

“I’m always on the look out for players. It’s not just for next year, but the year after, the year after that.

“And there are definitely some on the radar, which is good.”

Cunningham doesn’t need to look far for evidence of the potential quality of players in the Championship.

Prop Alex Walmsley – who was signed from Batley – has propelled into the England frame after an outstanding season.

“Alex has done it week in, week out – for me he’s your Man of Steel,” said Cunningham.

“Without a doubt. I am going to be biased, there are some great players around the competition – I think big Al’s been the most consistent one.”

Om Thursday night Saints will face a Warrington side boasting ex-Leigh prop Chris Hill. Cunningham labels him one “of the best players I’ve seen in rugby league”.